So Ive read about a lot of different people who have tried Spironolactone and had varied results. Im actually blogging to keep track for myself and see if there is progress.
My history with acne starts when I was about 14, thats when it really started to take over. I was the girl in high school who used sick days to stay home because my face was so broken out I couldn't stand to face my classmates. My parents spent thousands and thousands of dollars on every treatment you could think of for my acne. Which resulted in rashes due to medicine allergies, 3rd degree burns on my face and hands, and ultimately no results. As I got a little older the acne did start to calm. I still had breakouts but they werent taking over my life, and I became quite good at covering them up. As I started getting closer to 30 it seemed like my acne started getting worse again. I felt exactly like I did in high school. Except now I am a business professional who has to face her clients everyday weather I like it or not. After years of not trusting dermatologists I decided to go back.
I saw an amazing dermatologist who told me that the cause of my acne was hormones. She asked if I has ever been diagnosed with PCOS, which I hadnt. Next stop to the gyno and then to my primary. After receiving the PCOS diagnosis a lot of things started to fall into place. but how to treat these symptoms?
Probably my worst symptom of PCOS is the acne. I have large cyst like acne that is extremely painful and lasts for weeks. Most of the time my breakouts are right before my period, then it takes 3 weeks to heal, then the breakout again. Therefore I never have clear skin.
My derm prescribed me Aczone gel and differin lotion to start and recommended I start on spironolactone but wanted me to see my primary first. After the ok from my primary I started on 50mg a day.
Today is the 4th day taking spiro.
Days 1 - 3: first 3 days had some strange side effects. Fatigue and crampy legs and arms. Also was experiencing urge to urinate and then nothing. Extremely thirstly, Ive been drinking TONS of water.
Day 4: better. Urge to urinate constantly mostly gone, still drinking crazy amounts of water. fatigue seems to be gone except for the mornings when I find it very hard to wake up the last few days. No real results on my face yet except for that My period is due in a few days and I only got a few little pimples which is really rare for me. Old cysts seem to be flattening and healing.
Here's to hoping!